Review overview

Perfomance 8
Design 7
Price 10


8.3 Excellent A great budget-friendly trail runner. Good traction, durability, breathability all wrapped in an amazingly affordable price. Not the lightest or latest-and-greatest, but still a great functioning runner.

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Note: This shoe has made our Best Running Shoes For Men  guide! Be sure to check out our guide to see the years best running shoes from each brand.

The Asics Venture 5 is an off-road trail shoe that provides good support and stability for neutral runners as well as exceptional durability. The shoe was designed for high-mileage runs as well as the ability to take a beating, hence the beefy durability. It’s also amazingly well-priced for what it offers (only $65!), making it a great candidate for runners in the market for a friendly trail shoe.

Asics Gel Venture 5 Performance

The synthetic mesh upper with stitched overlays allows for great breathability as well as some water resistance. being. It’s not seamless on the inside, but you normally don’t go an trail runs without socks either, so this likely won’t be an issue for many. In the front, it has a reinforced guard that provides great protection during those more aggressive trail runs you might find yourself on. Lastly, the Venture 5 comes with a more narrow heel cup that really locks on your foot and provides a “second-skin” type feeling (great for trail runs).

The sole unit comes with a High Abrasion rubber outsole that provides great grip on trail surfaces as well as added durability for extra mileage. The Gel Cushioning system also comes into play here to provide runners with a more plush, smooth transition with respect to their gait. It’s not the lightest shoe out there however, coming in at 8.7 Oz for women’s, which is still going to be a decent amount of weight to be running around with on your feet. 

Asics Gel Venture 5 Design

The look and feel of these shoes is pretty standard for a trail running shoe; it won’t be winning any awards for sleekness or aesthetics. That said, you likely aren’t considering this shoe anyway if Design is a big factor for you, as trail shoes are geared more towards function vs. aesthetics. On the bright side, it comes in a wide range of colour schemes so there’ll be plenty of options to choose from.

Asics Gel Venture 5 Price

This is where the Venture 5 really shines. At $65, this shoe is crazy affordable. You get a great trail running shoe that can handle a variety of running routines and will last a long time due to durability improvements. This is without a doubt, a huge benefit and bump towards the Venture 5’s score.

Shoe Info

  • Weight: Mens 10.7Oz and Womens 8.7 Oz
  • Heel-to-Toe Offset: 10mm
  • Type: Neutral
  • Terrain: Trail


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